The Federal TEACH Grant is available to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Four years of teaching in a high-need field must be completed within eight years of the student completing their degree leading to a career in teaching.To receive a TEACH Grant, you must meet the following criteria annually:
- Meet the basic eligibility criteria for federal student aid programs.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student.
- Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching.
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)
- Complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)
- Complete a Marshall University TEACH Grant Application and be approved.
Students who change into a program of study that is not Federal TEACH Grant-eligible, cease to be enrolled, or graduate must complete Federal TEACH Grant Exit Counseling.
If you do not meet the terms of the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS), your Federal Teach Grant will convert into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest accrued and capitalized from the date of original disbursement.
The Federal TEACH Grant program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students; however, due to the automatic federal budget cuts, known as sequestration since October 1, 2014, the award amount for the TEACH Grant is variable.